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    Tabernacle Liturgy Project: An Experiment in Learning
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-11-20) Holmes-Smith, David
    The objective of this honors project has been to develop an educational and tactile learning environment by designing and constructing a computer-operated portable lighting system to be used in conjunction with a a dramatic presentation that can be mastered in a four-hour rehearsal by a cast of over twenty. The exciting and concluding two hour performance shows that this type of learning model has tremendous potential to educate by visual, tactile and aural stimuli.
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    Fear and Evasion in the Plays of Tennessee Williams
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Warner, Sherman ; Theater
    The intent of this thesis is to approach a major theme in the plays of Tennessee Williams using theatrical rather than literary values and to produce a critical concept that is applicable in theater production.
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    A Stage, a Player, and Seven Acts: a Performance
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Sager, Lynn ; Theater
    I have borrowed my thesis from Mr. William Shakespeare: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." In this performance, the seven ages, that each of us live through as human actors on this stage, are to be played.
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    A Guideline for Parents and Teachers Dealing with Divorce
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Pereira, Susan ; Theater
    Today in America one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. Unfortunately divorce does not only effect those who are married; it also enters into the lives of the children. Over 40% of our nation's children will experience divorce in their lifetime. Divorce is a traumatic event that can leave permanent scars on a child both emotionally and spiritually. Fortunately, as parents and teachers with the right tools, we can help to prevent those scars and help our children in successfully coping with divorce. My primary goals in developing this guideline were to provide useful information for parents and teachers regarding divorce and it effects on children, to provide educational activities about divorce in order to encourage the understanding and study of divorce beyond the production of "In Pieces" and to give parents and teachers the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully help children through divorce. It is my hope that I have accomplished my goals.
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    "In Pieces" Cover Art
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Ito, Robert ; Theater
    In front of the set, a pool of light comes up Jaimie walks into it and she addresses the audience.
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    The Ugly Ducking: A Formal Theater Experience for Preschool Age Children
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Olsen, Mary ; Theater
    The Ugly Duckling '\vas directed in partial fulfillment of the requirerrents for an Honors degree in Drama and Theater. The unique aspect of the Ugly Duckling is that from its very conception it was designed as a formal theatrical experience for pre-school age children (age 2-5).
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    Design of Setting and Costumes for Symphonic Variations
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Nolan, Sylvia ; Theater
    And now, after the fact, comes this "in writing" exploration of set and costume designs for "Symphonic Variations," opening piece in the Spring 1969 dance concert. It is a perusal of the de­ sign considerations from almost instinctive visionary origins to the construction in wood and nylon net for actual performance. While I could jot myself a note or two as the setting was being developed, the dynamic process that design is, it did not lend to a fixed transcription in the written word. To encompass or sum up the designs still in progress, in "becoming", was in effect to par­ alyze creativity, a process perpetually in flux. And so now, after the fact comes the examination. This is too late perhaps for al­ terations to be made, but late enough for the design to have been realized. To have begun with this paper, less the plans of the ac­ tual design, probably would not have lead to this design. Moreover, at no point in the designing could I have foretold the sum of effects of the "beast" I was creating. The inerplay of external discipline and the capricious creativity of the unconscious is induced rather than inferred from a direction sheet. So now that creativity has had its run in net and wood, I search out the instinctive rational of the unconscious impulses brought into contact with their practical real­ ization. This paper itself becomes a curious bird of the species­ --part critique, part rationalization, part dream-fiction, part documentary.
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    In the Same Breath: The Role of Breathing Techniques in Dance
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Kobayashi, Sarah ; Theater
    The purpose of this thesis is to explore breathing methods that allow dancers to increase their level of performance, both in physical as well as aesthetic terms. The paper provides a brief overview of the anatomy of the respiratory system, the mechanics of breathing, and the physiological effects of breathing during exercise. The breathing methods discussed include those of two Asian forms of movement, T'ai chi and Aikido, and of the Martha Graham technique in modern dance. The study also includes ideas on breathing by Rudolph von Laban and the School for Body and Mind Centering. The paper briefly explores the use of imagery in breathing, created by Lulu Sweigard and Irene Dowd, which can help both to improve a dancer's technique and to reduce muscle tension caused by poor breathing habits. The thesis concludes with observations from the personal experience of the author in coordinating breathing with choreography in order to produce fuller and stronger movement.
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    Connecting a Show's Artistic Design with its Superobjective via Gesamptunkstwerk
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Harwood, Elizabeth ; Theater
    This project is an exploration of how the superobjective of a play can be enhanced by using Richard Wagner's theory of gesamtkunstwerk to guide the production of a show's artistic design. Director Konstantin Stanislavsky developed the term "superobjective," which is the name of a single overarching message or motivation in a script. One aspect of gesamtkunstwerk, which literally translates to "total art work," is the visual and thematic integration of all non­ acting aspects of a show (which collectively form the artistic design). While acting tells the audience the superobjective, such an integrated artistic design can be used to show it as well. Visual connections to the script can be especially helpful for viewers if the show is from an unfamiliar culture. Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House is used as an example.
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    In Search of a center
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Guardino, Elissa ; Theater
    Enigma and avant-garde! Today's theater generally regards these two words as synonymous. Moreover, drama critics and theater audiences consistently call Samuel Beckett the most enigmatic of the contemporary playwrights. His best theater pieces are usually capable of gripping an audience, yet after the curtain falls on the final act, no one seems able to understand the meaning of the play.